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9 candidates present rural tier plans at Prince George's forum During a forum Wednesday night for candidates running for the District 9 seat of the Prince George County Council, Croom resident Brian Young told the candidates he respected their pledges to preserve the county southeastern rural tier, but he wanted more. Young, 38, who lives with his family on a six acre property, was one of many attendees who pressed candidates for specific plans. He asked them to raise their hand if they supported reducing the minimum lot size, currently five acres, required in the rural tier. He said he took their silence as a promise to oppose any such plan in the future. rural tier is unique . If they were to reduce lot size, I would still have my six acres, but I could be surrounded by townhouses or quarter acre lots, said Young, an undecided voter, after the meeting. rural lifestyle would be compromised. forum was held at the Baden Volunteer Fire Department in Brandywine and hosted by the Greater Baden Aquasco Citizens Association, Prince George County Farm Bureau and Croom Citizens Association. Six of the seven candidates who have filed with the Board of Elections to run for the District 9 seat attended the event, including Tamara Davis Brown of Clinton, Mel Franklin of Marlton, Ron Fisher of Brandywine, Sydney Harrison of Upper Marlboro, Juanita Miller of Clinton and Catherine Taggart Ross of Clinton. Candidate Carol Acree, whose campaign filing lists an address in Cheltenham, was inadvertently not invited, said Greater Baden Aquasco Citizens Association President Virginia Stallings. Stallings apologized Thursday, saying Acree name was not on the list of candidates she received from the Board of Elections about a month ago. Acree filed May 21. She did not immediately return a call for comment. All seven candidates are registered as Democrats and are running to replace incumbent Marilynn Bland (D) of Clinton, who is leaving this year due to term limits. The filing deadline for the primary election is July 6. Primary elections are scheduled for Sept. 14, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 2. Tony Hall of Baden, president of the Baden Volunteer Fire Department, asked the candidates to promise to continue visiting rural tier communities and directing more resources to the region if elected. He said he felt Bland has ignored the rural tier, prompting an angry response from Bland spokesman David Billings, who was in attendance. get the facts, Billings said, arguing representatives of Bland office, if not Bland herself, have been present at rural tier events and that Bland has advocated for legislation that favored the rural tier, such as promoting agricultural tourism and amending zoning to allow for wineries. Following the exchange, all of the candidates pledged to return to rural communities if elected. Although a number of questions about the rural tier future were met with similar pledges of support across the board, candidates did present several individual plans. Brown spoke about attracting development to other areas in the county, such as around Joint Base Andrews, as a way to shift building away from the rural tier. Fisher pledged to be transparent and said he would make sure rural tier residents were aware of upcoming hearings or pending legislation that would affect their community. Franklin proposed creating financial incentives for commercial and residential development around the county Metro rail stations as a way to ease development pressure on the rural tier. Harrison spoke about promoting the county existing agricultural strengths, such as the equine industry. Miller said she would pay greater attention to the permitting process and make sure rural communities have adequate infrastructure, such as roads capable of handling the area growing traffic congestion. Taggart Ross proposed splitting District 9 into two districts, separating representation of the rural tier from the developing tier, although she did not specify where the boundaries should be drawn.